Events and Programs

Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
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Program Schedule for 2019

All events will be held at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Clubhouse unless otherwise noted.  
All programs are conducted by, or in cooperation with, the Schuylkill County Department of Parks and Recreation.

****Zumba Fitness
Starting April 1, 2019 at the Clubhouse
Every Monday (except holidays) from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5.00 per class
Contact Denise for more details
717-269-3214 or

****Canoe and Kayak Rental Concession
Opens at the Canoe Launch near the Clubhouse on Memorial Day weekend, May 25th.  
Canoes, Kayaks, Rowboats. $10.00/hour, $17.00 for two hours, $25.00 for 3 hours, $30.00 for 4 hours.
Canoes and rowboats seat up to 3, kayaks seat one. PFD and paddles are supplied.
Saturday, Sunday, Memorial Day Monday, July 4th and Labor Day Monday Only. Watercraft available on a first come first serve basis.
Times are 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM  On weekends after 11:00 AM call 570-345-3537.
Last rental is at 6:00 PM. All boats must be returned by 7:00 PM.
Rentals will be made if weather and lake conditions permit and staff is available.
Disc Golf Rentals- Same location and hours as boat rentals. $20.00 deposit/rental returned when 3 discs are returned. 

****Sneak A Peak at the Creek
 Saturday, July 13 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. A good way to cool off and also better appreciate the aquatic critters in a creek study of the Upper Little Swatara Creek. Join “Porcupine Pat” in a water adventure in search of mayflies, crayfish, water pennies and more! Meets in the Clubhouse parking lot. Recommended for ages 6+. All equipment is provided or you can bring your own.  

****Popcorn Hat Players – Children’s Theater at Sweet Arrow Lake
July 16 @ 7:00pm in the Clubhouse  
PHP presents their own unique version of “Aladdin” One of the most famous tales from Arabian Nights, the story of Aladdin and his magic lamp has entertained all ages for hundreds of years. Join Aladdin and his super-powered Genie as he learns an important lesson in responsibility. Can Aladdin outwit the evil Fazeem and win the heart of the beautiful princess? Remember, be careful what you wish for!

**Although the program is free and open to the public, reservations are a must due to limited seating. 
To make reservations call 570-345-8952 (you must leave a message)

Popcorn Hat Players (PHP) Children’s Theatre has been entertaining children and their families since 1993, bringing fairy tales, folk tales and fables to new audiences every year. Using creative comedy and improvisation, the Players write original adaptations and breathe new life into unforgettable stories. The Popcorn Hat Players are consistently named “Simply the Best” Children’s Entertainment by the readers of Harrisburg Magazine, and was the only arts group named in the Top Ten Most Innovative Non-Profits in Central Pennsylvania, as determined by the Central PA Business Journal. Their mission is to tell classic stories in new and exciting ways for the entertainment and enlightenment of children and adults alike. They have been recognized by the press and the public for the quality of their productions and their ability to keep classic stories relevant and alive. PHP’s appearance is made possible, in part, with a grant from the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation.  

****Sweet Arrow Splash  
Saturday, July 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Waterfall Parking Lot 
Join Mike Centeleghe for this educational session at the Waterfall Pavilion area to catch and observe some aquatic critters. Open to all ages. Meet at the Waterfall Road parking lot.  

****Indians of Pennsylvania
Sunday, July 21st 2-3 PM at the Large Pavilion 
Learn how the fur trade turned clay pots into brass, stone knives into iron, deerskin clothing into cloth shirts and much more. Program presented by Dave “Big Owl” McSurdy. 

**** Hershey’s ZooAmerica
Will present “Animals in Winter” on Monday, July 22 @ 7pm at the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse Pavilion. This program focuses on how animals survive the winter, by migrating, hibernating, or adapting to the season. Live animals will be included in this program. Wildly popular this event will be held outdoors on the grounds of the Clubhouse Pavilion. Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs. Rain date will be July 25 at 7:00. This program is free and open to the public and is made possible with the help of a grant from the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation. For directions or info call 570-345-8952 (leave a message)

****Global Warming -The Science and Impacts on Fish and Wildlife
Monday, July 29 @ 7pm at the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse. - Retired US Fish & Wildlife Aquatic Biologist, Ed Perry, will join us to present this timely program. Although global warming has been studied for over 150 years, it has only been in the past 50 years that scientists have been increasingly raising concerns over what they see as a major threat to our planet and way of life. Global warming is here, and observant sportsmen and women, conservationists, and people who enjoy the outdoors are already seeing its effects. Unless we begin, taking steps right now, our kid’s and grandkid’s experience with the natural world will be much different from ours. There are no skeptics in the natural world. Already, nearly every species of plant, insect and wildlife has been affected but there is still time to take action. In 2006, after 30 years with US Fish & Wildlife, Ed began working for the National Wildlife Federation on their Global Warming Campaign, traveling Pennsylvania to educate fellow hunters, anglers and the conservation community about our environmental future.

This program is free and open to the public. For info or directions call 570-345-8952 (leave a message) or visit 

****Yoga for All Ages 
Saturday, August 10 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Large Pavilion  
Young people from ages 8+ and seasoned folks (my age…60+). “Porcupine Pat” will show postures like the Tree, the Bridge, and the Warrior. Meets in the Large Pavilion. Bring a big towel or a yoga mat.  

**** Full Moon Clambake and Night Float 
Saturday, August 17th, from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Pavilion and Clubhouse. Enjoy a clambake and then canoe/kayak under the moon. Bring your own if you have it. Don’t forget the pfd’s and lights. 6:00 – 7:00PM Clambake, 9:00 PM - Kayaking and canoeing. A limited number of canoes and kayaks are available to rent at $5.00 (half price) on a first come basis. For boat rentals call Denise at 570-345-8952  
Pre-registration is required. To preregister call Susan at 570-624-3018.

****Wee Ones Walk—Autumn Adventure
Saturday, October 5 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Meets in the Waterfall Road parking lot of Sweet Arrow Lake. Heighten your child’s natural curiosity during a sensory nature walk with “Porcupine Pat” of the Schuylkill Conservation District. The walk focuses on colors, textures, shapes, sounds and smells found in nature. Recommended for children ages 3 and above.  

****Wee Ones Walk
Saturday, November 2 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Waterfall Parking Lot
Join Porcupine Pat for this kids “knee high to a bread box” tour at Sweet Arrow Lake. We use our senses to explore and enjoy the early days of fall. We take a different route than the October program. Meets at Waterfall Road Parking Lot.

​****Prune Shade Trees with a Purpose 
Saturday, November 9th from 10 am to 3 pm. Meets at the Large Pavilion.
Join us and prune shade trees at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park. This hands-on training will be conducted by trained pruners and certified arborist Frank Snyder. Besides learning how to properly prune trees, this workshop will help you visualize the importance of pruning with a purpose. The trees at the park will be pruned to improve branch structure, enhance tree health and create a future vision for the park. Share our vision of tall straight limb-free trees with large canopies that shades the grassy areas around the clubhouse. 

Be part of a tree pruning that will have a major influence on the health and beauty of the trees and grounds at the county park. 
Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions and light work activities. 

This program is a co-sponsored by the Schuylkill County Conservancy and the Sweet Arrow Lake Conservation Association.  

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